Barefoot Events

Barefoot Events

Any course, conference, seminar, summit, or shindig that will help improve the knowledge and understanding of the wonderful beast that is the horse…

If you want to list your barefoot event here, please fill out the events form.

March

Laminitis Warning Signs - Hoof Geek Academy

Date: Monday 18th March

Online


As a hoof care professional, I have supported many horse owners desperate to spare their horse suffering with laminitis.

So often I hear that the laminitis came out of nowhere, then we discuss a history that’s full of laminitis warning signs.

The horses were well cared for, but no-one realised that those little niggles could be a sign of inflammation. They were thought of as normal for that horse, or treated as entirely separate issue.


When I’ve surveyed horse owners about their biggest fear, I frequently get the answer ‘missing the signs of laminitis’.

This has inspired my mission to teach as many people as possible how to spot those early warning signs of low grade inflammation that would precede a serious laminitic event.


Except in extreme cases laminitis doesn’t come out of nowhere. There are often clues early on that a problem may be building. As the saying goes forewarned is forearmed. Laminitis can affect any horse, but catching it early dramatically improves the situation for you and your horse.


I’d love to be able to recommend a product you can paint on the hooves to make everything ok, but laminitis is an internal problem. Your horse relies on your knowledge, understanding and observation… Do you know what you’re looking for?


I’ve identified 35 different early warning signs that inflammation is affecting the hoof.


In this 5 week course I go through them all, explaining anatomy and function, what laminitis is, how it affects the horse and hooves. The warning signs, a simple set of checks you can do and ways in which to address the most common issues.

This course does not replace veterinary care. If your horse is suffering from an acute laminitic event right now, please call your vet.
This course is for people who want to learn more about how to spot and manage low grade symptoms.


I can’t give you advice specific to your horse, what I hope to do is increase your knowledge and understanding so you can feel more confident in the decisions you make to provide the best care possible for your horse.

www.learn.hoofgeek.com/lws-enroll


Further Info

Equine Lecture Evening - Liphook Equine Hopsital

Date: Thursday 7th March 2019

Venue: Lythe Hill Hotel, Petworth Rd, Haslemere, GU27 3BQ

Equine Lecture Evening – The latest thinking on three key areas of horse and veterinary care


A guide to equine nutrition - Julie Potier DVM,MRCVS

Filling the gaps- a modern approach to equine dentistry - Tom McGinley BVMS Cert AVP (Equine Dentistry) MRCVS

Behavioural therapy for needle phobic horses - Holly Lenaghan BVetMed MRCVS 


Further Info

Equine Hoof Care Workshop - Bonny Mealand

Date: Sun 10th March 2019

Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie.


Would you like to understand more about your horses hooves?

These workshops invite you to spend a day gaining insights about how a horses foot functions and the ingredients that make up a healthy foot.


It also aims to give you a clearer picture of the complexities of the many aspects related to foot health and the ability to recognise healthy hooves and what you can do to achieve them.


Further Info

Equine Hoof Care Workshop - Bonny Mealand

Date: Sat 16th March 2019

Capstone Centre, 5 Obsdale Road, Alness IV17  0TY


Would you like to understand more about your horses hooves?

These workshops invite you to spend a day gaining insights about how a horses foot functions and the ingredients that make up a healthy foot.


It also aims to give you a clearer picture of the complexities of the many aspects related to foot health and the ability to recognise healthy hooves and what you can do to achieve them.


Further Info

Equine Hoof Care Workshop - Bonny Mealand

Date: Sun 17th March 2019

Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit.


Would you like to understand more about your horses hooves?

These workshops invite you to spend a day gaining insights about how a horses foot functions and the ingredients that make up a healthy foot.


It also aims to give you a clearer picture of the complexities of the many aspects related to foot health and the ability to recognise healthy hooves and what you can do to achieve them.


Further Info

How to Feed the Laminitic EMS PPID Horse - E-Horse / Donna Case

Date: Wed 27th March 2019

Ellesmere Centre, Stretchworth, Newmarket, CB8 9TS


E-horse have been privileged to, once again for 2019, secure the services of Donna Case, Independent Horse Nutritionist from “The Horse Feed Guru” to deliver a series of nutrition seminars


Further Info

April

Equine Hoof Care Workshop - Bonny Mealand

Date: Thurs 4th April 2019

Tigh Chieldh, Tolsta, Isle of Lewis.


Would you like to understand more about your horses hooves?

These workshops invite you to spend a day gaining insights about how a horses foot functions and the ingredients that make up a healthy foot.


It also aims to give you a clearer picture of the complexities of the many aspects related to foot health and the ability to recognise healthy hooves and what you can do to achieve them.


Further Info

Live Painted Horse Demonstration - Horses Inside Out

Date: Friday 5th April 2019

Bishop Burton College, Yorkshire, UK


An Evening with Gillian Higgins and Horses Inside Out


Gillian Higgins will explain how understanding and caring for the horse's body allows us to ride, train and manage horses efficiently and effectively.  The demonstration is ideal for horse owners, riders and coaches.


Gillian will demonstrate exercises that develop a supple, strong, comfortable horse able to maximise his range of movement and perform at his best. With a rider in a skeleton bodysuit, you will also be able to clearly see the interaction between horse and rider.


The demonstration starts at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.

 

Further Info

Equine Health Conference - E-Horse

Date: Sun 7th April 2019

Manor Farm, Bourn, CB23 2SH


Sessions include:
- Behaviour and Communication
- Nutrition
- Parasite Control
- Therapies and Rehabilitation
- Farrriery and Hoof Care
- Understanding Bitting
- Rider and Horse Confidence

 

Further Info

Holistic Hoof Care Course - Intro Level - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP MIAEP EBW of Holistic Reflections

Date: 14th April 2019

Holistic Reflections, Yewcroft, Wilton, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2PJ


A unique and comprehensive Intro level one day course on Holistic Hoof Care for the discerning barefoot or shod horse owner or carer!
About The Event
No foot, no horse!


This course is ideal for the conscientious horse owner, student or professional who would like to learn more about caring for horses holistically, with a focus on hooves for soundness and high performance from the foot up. You will also get to meet like-minded people and make new friends and connections!

Beccy has over 25 years industry experience and will share with you valuable nuggests of information is a practical, hands on course at her yard at Holistic Reflections HQ on the fringe of the Lake District near Egremont. Learn more about Beccy here.

The course is a mix of lectures and workshop practicals and all participants will get an opportunity to try out what they learn in the classroom on the Yewcroft Herd of horses.

Topics included in this full-on day of learning include:

•Basic anatomy and parts of the hoof
•How to recognise a healthy hoof
•When to call in the experts
•Signs of ill health
•How to take a digital pulse
•Basic first aid
•Checking for lameness
•Providing a healing environment (diet, exercise and lifestyle!)
•When NOT to ride!
Hot and cold drinks as well as vegan, gluten-free lunch and snacks are provided.

Minimum participants 4, maximum 8 for optimum participant benefit!

Can also be purchased using a voucher purchased at our store!

This is NOT a "how to trim" course. For horse owner or professional hoof care courses we recommend you visit the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry at www.equinepodiatry.com

Join us for our Level 2 Holistic Hoof Care Course on the 12th of May and also on the 10th November 2019

 

Further Info

Equine Hoof Care Workshop - Bonny Mealand

Date: Sun 14th April 2019

Tigh Chieldh, Tolsta, Isle of Lewis.


Would you like to understand more about your horses hooves?

These workshops invite you to spend a day gaining insights about how a horses foot functions and the ingredients that make up a healthy foot.


It also aims to give you a clearer picture of the complexities of the many aspects related to foot health and the ability to recognise healthy hooves and what you can do to achieve them.


Further Info

Musculoskeletal Testing and Joint Mobilisations - Horses Inside Out

Date: Friday 26th April 2019

Venue: BARC, Berkshire, RG7 6AA


Equine Therapist CPD: Musculoskeletal Testing and Joint Mobilisations


This course is designed for qualified therapists from all disciplines wishing to revise mobilisation techniques or explore new ones to add to their toolbox.

 


Further Info

Bucket to Barrow Nutrition Talk - Jane Van Lennep

Date: Friday 26th April 2019

Town Hall, Wragby, LN8 5QX


Simple System's Director of Nutrition, Jane van Lennep, B.Sc., M.Sc., B.H.S.I.(S.M.Cert.) N.P.S.D., will be giving her entertaining and
informative talk on the equine digestive system.

An educational evening suitable for all.

Ticket price includes light refreshments.

 

Further Info

May

Equine Therapists Round Table - LearnandDevelop.co.uk

Date: Wed 8th May

West Buckland Village Hall, Wellington, Somerset TA21 9NA


The aim of this CPD day is to bring Equine Therapists together and allow discussion and debate about certain topics.


Topics to be covered will be
Pain and behaviour
Complicated cases
Bits and bridles
Training aids pros and cons
Industry status


Each attendee can bring forward cases, questions and current research for one or all of the topic areas. It is a day for sharing knowledge, gaining new knowledge, supporting other professionals and keeping up to date with current thoughts and practices.


Further Info

Holistic Hoof Care Course - Level 2 - Holistic Reflections

Date: Sunday 12th May 

Holistic Reflections, Yewcroft, Wilton, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2PJ


Our more advanced and comprehensive one day course on Holistic Hoof Care for the conscientious barefoot or shod horse owner or carer!

This course is ideal for the conscientious horse owner, student or professional who would like to learn more about caring for horses holistically, with a focus on hooves for soundness and high performance from the foot up. You will also get to meet like-minded people and make new friends and connections! We recommend you attend our intro course before signing up for this one as it is more advanced.

Beccy is a professional holistic equine podiatrist, therapist and writer and has over 25 years industry experience. She will share with you valuable nuggets of information is a practical, hands on course at her yard at Holistic Reflections HQ on the fringe of the Lake District near Egremont. Learn more about Beccy at https://www.holisticreflections.co.uk/about-beccy-smith-bsc-ebw-daep-1

The course is a mix of lectures and workshop practicals and all participants will get an opportunity to try out what they learn in the classroom on the Yewcroft Herd of horses.

Topics included in this full-on day of learning include:

•Foot function fundamentals
•Hoof scoring and proactive hoof care
•Common diseases of the equine foot and hoof
•Using poultices and hoof soaking boots
•Introduction to grass sensitivity and laminitis
•Use of hoof boots and pads

Hot and cold drinks as well as vegan, gluten-free lunch and snacks are provided.

Minimum participants 4, maximum 8 for maximum participant benefit!

10% discount provided if course purchased in full before 8th April!

Can also be purchased using a voucher purchased at our store!

This is NOT a "how to trim" course. For horse owner or professional hoof care courses we recommend you visit the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry at www.equinepodiatry.com

Join us at our Intro Level Holistic Hoof Care Course on the 7th April.

This course will be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not met before 8th April.


Further Info

Holistic Hoof Care & Nutrition in Prevention & Treatment of Laminitis & EMS  - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP & Sarah Oliver Instructor and CHCP

Date: Sunday 25th May 

Location TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another installment in our 'Experts Talk' series on May 25th for an enjoyable event jam packed full of new information and practical advice to support you and your horse. Experts Beccy and Sarah focus on recognising early signs of laminitis and EMS and how to prevent/manage it.


Further Info

June

Hoofcare | Animal Communication | Bodywork | Healing - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP, Pamela Jones and Sandra Davies

Date: Saturday 2nd June 2019

Venue TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another instalment in our 'Experts Talk' series on 2nd June for an enjoyable event full of practical ideas to support you and your horse. Our experts Beccy, Pam and Sandra will provide you with inspiration and easy tools to try out at home to become Holistic Horse Heroes!


Further Info

Equine Biomechanics Course - Centaur Biomechanics

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019

Bournefield Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Union Road, Reading RG7 6AA

For Saddlers, Physios, Farriers, Therapists, Horse Owners, Vets, Students and Riders.


This course will cover:
•The effect that tack and equipment has on the locomotor performance of the horse
•Who pays the price for rider asymmetry – horse or rider
•Advances in bridles and bits
•Reducing risk of injury with posture training


Further Info

July

Holistic Hoof Care & Nutrition in Prevention & Treatment of Laminitis & EMS  - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP & Sarah Oliver Instructor and CHCP

Date: 6th July 

Location TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another instalment in our 'Experts Talk' series on July 6th for an enjoyable event jam packed full of new information and practical advice to support you and your horse. Experts Beccy and Sarah focus on recognising early signs of laminitis and EMS and how to prevent/manage it.


Further Info

Hoofcare | Animal Communication | Bodywork | Healing - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP, Pamela Jones and Sandra Davies

Date: Saturday 7th July 2019

Venue TBC - contact us with venue assistance for free ticket!


Come and join us for another instalment in our 'Experts Talk' series on 7th July for an enjoyable event full of practical ideas to support you and your horse. Our experts Beccy, Pam and Sandra will provide you with inspiration and easy tools to try out at home to become Holistic Horse Heroes!


Further Info

Barefoot Performance Show - Barefoot South

Date: Sunday 7th July 2019

Venue: Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Leatherhead KT22 0AL


The aim of this show is to give you and your barefoot equine the opportunity to strut your stuff in a friendly and supportive environment.

A wide choice of classes, aimed at a range of abilities, provides a wealth of opportunity for you and your four hooved friend to have a lot of fun.

Further Info

Riding and Connecting with Horses at Liberty - Matthias Geysen

Date: Sat 13th - 14th July 2019

Willow Fields, Pump Lane, Marlow, SL7 3RA


The goal: To restore the natural balance between human and horse by respecting both identities. Striving for the horse's utmost freedom by acknowledging its nature and adjusting its care. Communication problems are the cause of many social and relationship issues between people, but also between man and horse.


Matthias will present his philosophy and way of working with horses.

A.M. Matthias will work with each horse in order to show how to connect with every breed and horse character.
P.M. Matthias will work on an individual basis with the participants in order to observe the relationship between the rider and the horse.

Specific objectives chosen by everyone, will be defined in order to improve the rider / horse relationship.

Focus on groundwork exercises. Participants can also choose from the following:-

- to tackle problem behaviour;
- to improve their riding skills with or without a saddle;
- to learn how to ride with a neck rope;
- to learn how to ride with a bit-less bridle;
- to learn how to ride without reins, just with body language.


​Further Info​

September

Holistic Hoof Care Course - Intro Level - Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) DAEP MIAEP EBW of Holistic Reflections

Date: 22nd September 2019

Holistic Reflections, Yewcroft, Wilton, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2PJ


A unique and comprehensive Intro level one day course on Holistic Hoof Care for the discerning barefoot or shod horse owner or carer!
About The Event
No foot, no horse!


This course is ideal for the conscientious horse owner, student or professional who would like to learn more about caring for horses holistically, with a focus on hooves for soundness and high performance from the foot up. You will also get to meet like-minded people and make new friends and connections!

Beccy has over 25 years industry experience and will share with you valuable nuggests of information is a practical, hands on course at her yard at Holistic Reflections HQ on the fringe of the Lake District near Egremont. Learn more about Beccy here.

The course is a mix of lectures and workshop practicals and all participants will get an opportunity to try out what they learn in the classroom on the Yewcroft Herd of horses.

Topics included in this full-on day of learning include:

•Basic anatomy and parts of the hoof
•How to recognise a healthy hoof
•When to call in the experts
•Signs of ill health
•How to take a digital pulse
•Basic first aid
•Checking for lameness
•Providing a healing environment (diet, exercise and lifestyle!)
•When NOT to ride!
Hot and cold drinks as well as vegan, gluten-free lunch and snacks are provided.

Minimum participants 4, maximum 8 for optimum participant benefit!

Can also be purchased using a voucher purchased at our store!

This is NOT a "how to trim" course. For horse owner or professional hoof care courses we recommend you visit the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry at www.equinepodiatry.com

Join us for our Level 2 Holistic Hoof Care Course on the 12th of May and also on the 10th November 2019

 

Further Info

Any Time

Practical hoof trimming experience  - Nick Hill and Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS

Date: By Arrangement

Bulgaria

Whether you are a horse owner, a barefoot hoof trimmer, a veterinary professional, a farrier or are simply working with horses on a regular basis, you would have already come across different aspects of hoof care. Maybe you know a little bit but would like to expand your knowledge or maybe you work with horses’ hooves on a regular basis but would like to experience something different and gain more practice.

We don’t sell books, videos, equipment or horse feeds. We are all about gaining practical experience and skills in barefoot hoof trimming that you could use with your own horses or with your client’s equines. We discuss ideas and opinions openly. For us there could be no silly questions.

We are a team of a natural hoof care practitioner (Nick Hill) and an equine orientated veterinary surgeon (Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS) that is based in Bulgaria. We work with horses, donkeys and mules on a daily basis providing medical treatment, dietary advice and hoof trimming.

What could you expect? The practical travelling and learning experience is reserved for those, who have already gained some experience in hoof trimming and natural hoof care but would like to find out more about some pathological conditions of the hoof and how to practically tackle them. You will be travelling with us on our rounds around Bulgaria, during which we examine, treat and trim horses’ hooves. You will see everything from straight forward trimming cases to pathologically deformed hooves. We will walk you through the process of bringing the equine back to equilibrium through treatment, diet, environmental changes and barefoot trimming. Amongst the regular clients there are always emergency cases that need our help, which you will be able to see and assess with us.

How it works We can take on one or two students at a time. We feel it is important for our clients and their horses that they have our undivided attention but also for our students to experience an atmosphere of learning where hands on is part of the training. You could spend between 3 and 7 days with us on the ground with 2 travel days. We will be travelling extensively around Bulgaria, spending each day in a different area of the country. The price includes three meals per day (all dietary requirements catered for) and accommodation. Travelling is done by car. Students pay for their own flight tickets to Bulgaria.

If you are less experienced We could also offer short courses for up to two people where we would introduce you to the basis of natural hoof care, expanding on anatomy, physiology, digestion and diet, environmental conditions and horse care. These days will be tailored to your individual needs. While still practical in nature, this type of training will involve much less travelling and will be mostly based around the ancient city of Veliko Tarnovo – the old capital of Bulgaria.

Please feel free to contact us for more information and prices. Dates for the rounds around the country are loosely set until the rest of the year.

Contact Nick nickhill984@gmail.com